Local doctor links spill to symptoms, Walton Sun, November 02, 2010:
Rodney D. Soto, medical doctor for the Younger You Institute in Santa Rosa Beach, recently started testing and treating patients in relation to high levels of volatile solvents in the blood stream that he says may be linked to BP's oil spill in the Gulf.
"What I am concerned most about is a long-term effect, that won’t even show up for years, but are going to have tremendous implications in human immune system and hormonal function and brain function,” Soto said.
These compounds (petroleum and dispersants) are liposoluble; meaning they have a “high affinity for fat,” Soto said. ...
“It is not the fat that you would think of, it is the fat tissue in your body; the brain is 70 percent fat and the glands, immune cells, the intestinal tract, thyroid, breast, prostate, the organs and systems. That is why it causes all of these disorders,” Soto said. “That is why it is so significant for children."
Children’s brains and reproductive organs and processes are still forming, which could potentially make their exposure to the petro chemicals even more significant.
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